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Rooke, Thomas Matthews (fl. c. 1875)

Rooke, Thomas Matthews 

Address not stated; artist, decorator of furniture (fl. c. 1875)

Trained at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1860s, Rooke (1842-1942) exhibited at the Academy from 1876. It is known that he worked for Morris & Co. and later as a studio assistant to Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, taking over the post left by Burne-Jones's previous aide, Charles Fairfax Murray. Rooke's work was referred to in the 1873 Innes Hopkins commission as the painter of a rosewood cabinet, made by Collinson & Lock, inlaid with various woods and ivory, 'with figure subjects by Rooke painted on the panels'.  

Source: Edwards, Collinson & Lock. Art Furnishers, Interior Decorators and Designers 1870-1900 (2022).